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VA Shares Best Practices to Help Health Care Industry Stem Opioid Crisis,
Address ‘National Public Health Emergency’
WASHINGTON – When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized by many as a leader in the pain management field and the responsible use of opioids across the VA healthcare system.
“Recent studies and stories have pointed to VA’s success in its approach to pain management and responsible use of opioids with our Veteran patients,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin.
“As Governor Christie, Chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, said yesterday, our country’s opioid crisis is indeed a national public health emergency, and to fight it, we must all join forces across the cabinet and executive and legislative branches.
“At VA, we have learned a lot over the past several years and, to Governor Christie’s point, we want to share our knowledge and experience right away with our federal, state and local partners, as well as our nation’s healthcare networks. This national crisis demands a national partnership and approach.”
To that end, Secretary Shulkin announced the release of VA’s top eight best practices to share with others in government and the healthcare industry who work to balance pain management and opioid prescribing, based on what VA has learned over the past four years.
These best practices are summed up by the acronym S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N.
S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N. stands for:
More information about VA’s pain management efforts may be found at https://www.va.gov/painmanagement